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No Waivers: Injuries punt New York Islanders final cuts, set opening night lines

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The IR announcements and AHL reassignments have begun; further waivers not yet needed.

Bringing the church goes to Bridgeport.
Bringing the church goes to Bridgeport.
Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders placed no further players on waivers Monday, meaning they are likely to keep the existing waiver-eligible group for Friday's season-opening roster plus any placed on injured reserve.

At forward, for now that means waiver-requiring Colin McDonald and Eric Boulton, and waiver-exempt Anders Lee are not in the opening night plans. News on full assignments and injuries is in progress.

Late Monday afternoon the Islanders announced that Calvin de Haan and Michael Grabner, out for most of camp, are on injured reserve. In addition, Kevin Czuczman has been assigned to AHL Bridgeport.

Teams have to file their 23-man roster by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The forward lines today, which are expected to be the lines Friday:

Cory Conacher - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski - Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

In addition, newcomers Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk were paired together in their practice today and are good possibilities to be one of the opening night pairings, according to coach Jack Capuano.

Capuano also said things are in flux [video] because of Lubomir Visnovsky and de Haan nursing injuries, to say nothing of Matt Carkner, who also could head to IR. Tuesday's roster deadline should provide clarity. To cut back by two or three more, in addition to Lee, defensemen Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Pulock and Czuczman do not require waivers to be sent to AHL Bridgeport. But Pulock has been inching back from injury and could also go to IR.

The upshot? Offseason signing Jack Skille has been the only casualty of the waiver process from this fall's camp so far. Injuries, and being green, have taken care of the rest.